FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions )

  • Q. What is an AONB?

  • A. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This means its one of the best bits of countryside oin the whole of England and Wales! And that’s officially recognised by the UK government. South Devon AONB is part of a family of protected landscapes across Britain, which also includes our National Parks. There are 49 AONBs in the UK. These areas are protected to keep them special now and for the future. They are wonderful for wildlife and scenery but also places where people live, work, relax and take care of the countryside.
  • Q. Where is the South Devon AONB ?

  • A. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 337 kilometres (130 square miles) of coastline, estuaries and countryside. It stretches from Berry Head in Brixham to Jennycliff in Plymouth. It's the green bit on this map ( For the detailed legal boundary please contact us ). As well as being a place of fabulous views and fantastic countryside it is home to 34,000 people.
  • Q. Who manages the AONB?

  • A. AONB management is coordinated by a Partnership Committee made up of local and national organisations, and community representatives from farming, business, parish council, voluntary and professional environmental organisations. Elections for the community representatives take place every three years. A small staff team is based in Totnes to run projects, activities and programmes. Contact 01803 861384 or email enquiries@southdevonaonb.org.uk. You can view a full copy of the AONB Management Plan 2009-14 here http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/downloads.asp?PageId=7 or order one from the office.
  • Q. I don’t have a computer or any digital equipment but would still like to take part. Can I borrow some from the AONB?

  • A. We have some digital equipment for community groups (and community businesses such as residential homes) to borrow for events or short projects. This includes a scanner, digital sound recorders, a laptop and a camera. If you’re an individual we’ll can try and match you with a local group. Please get in touch.
  • Q. Who has copyright of items we send to GoldenDays?

  • A. Anything you send to us remains your own copyright. By sending it in you give the AONB permission to publish and use the digital version. Please only send us pictures which belong to you or your organisation or family’s private collection. We can’t reproduce pictures scanned from published sources like books or newspapers. If you’re not sure get in touch and we’ll try to help.
  • Q. Will you put everything which is sent in on to the AONB GoldenDays website?

  • A. We plan to put as much as possible onto the GoldenDays AONB website. A member of the AONB unit team will work on this between now and June 2011. However we reserve the right not to publish material which is sent in, for example where it is very similar to other contributions, not relevant to the Area or outside our 50th Anniversary focus on living memory, then and now.
  • Q. How long will the AONB keep the digital items in the GoldenDays scrapbook?

  • A. The GoldenDays project is part of the AONB’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2010, financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We plan to exhibit all or most of the scrapbook on our website during 2010 and beyond.
    We understand that some of the material sent in may not exist anywhere else and could be kept for a much longer period as part of the history of this area. However as a landscape organisation we are not in a position to store this material permanently. At the end of the project we will invite experts in storing historic material to look through the GoldenDays on-line scrapbook. This may include the Devon Record Office and local museums. If these organisations feel some items should be archived for posterity they will contact contributors directly at that point.
  • Q. I’m recording some reminiscences as part of an oral history project. Is there anything particular I need to consider?

  • A. If you’re planning to make oral history recordings you’ll need the interviewee’s signed permission. We can also give you some guidance about other things to consider. Download these documents for more information: [PDFs of oral history guidance and permission form to be supplied by SS to go here]
  • Q. We have a lot of material. How shall we get it to you?

  • A. It might be better to send it in several batches. Use the ‘Add to scrapbook' form as many times as you need to. If you have a BIG body of material, how about putting it on CD and sending it by post. Don’t forget to include forms to tell us about your material. You could save them as digital documents on the CD.
  • Q. My item and story is about someone else. Do you also need their permission to publish it?

  • A. We can only publish things which belong to you and where you have copyright. For example your item might be a photo of something which belonged to your grandparents with its story which they told to you. Obviously we can’t publish anything which is illegal, unreasonable or inappropriate, such as gossip which shows someone living (or indeed recently dead) in a negative light.
  • Q. There’s something I’d like to send in because it’s important, but it’s a bit sensitive. What shall I do?

  • A. You may want to send something which is historically significant but a bit delicate, With something like this please get in touch and we can talk about the best thing to do.
  • Q. I've read the TIPS FOR UPLOADING but am still having trouble. Can you help?

  • A. Here are some things to try.
    • 1. Check your file type
    • There are lots of different types of files for sound, text, film and documents depending on the equipment and software you use. The GoldenDays website only accepts fairly common file types. Has your file come straight off a digital device like a camera or phone, using the default setting? We can only accept common file types
    • 2. Zip your files
    • Are you trying to send us several photos about the same thing, or say a photo and a scan and a sound recording which tell one story? If you have a group of related files you'll need to 'zip' them together into one single compressed folder. You can then use Browse and upload this .zip file. You need to compress them on your own computer. To do this on a PC first copy the files into a new folder and give it a name. Then right click on the folder and choose 'Send to'. Now select 'Compressed (zipped) folder'.
    • 3. File size
    • The uploaded file must be smaller than 10Mb. If you have a lot to send please contact us and arrange to send it through an on-line service (such as http://www.yousendit.com/), or by post on a CD.
    • 4. Formatting your story
    • It's best to keep it simple. We'll format it before it goes on the site.
  • Q. Is there a printable version of the upload form?

  • A. Please use the on-line form if you can. There may be times when a printed from is needed, for example if you are running a project with a group who don't use the internet but still want to take part. Here is the printable form: add_to_scrapbook_form_13_09_10.pdf

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